2019 NIVA President Aurelie Moralis welcomed a packed room of members at the recent NIVA Annual General Meeting, held at the Dunadry Hotel on Wednesday 12th February. Aurelie continues as Senior Vice-President for 2020. She thanked Hatti Dainton and Pat Hart for their service to NIVA as they step down from Council. Other formalities included the installation of Susan Cunningham as President for 2020 and the election of Mark Little as Junior Vice President. The membership endorsed Pat Hart as an Honorary Member. The full list of Council members can be found on the NIVA page of the VetNI website.
Susan encouraged members to engage with their Association, both by attending events and by offering their views when NIVA is formulating policy and response to issues such as the RCVS reviews of telemedicine, the definition of ‘under our care’, and changes to the burden of proof in disciplinary hearings.
Following the AGM Susan welcomed guest speaker Richard Moore who gave a very informative and moving talk entitled ‘Everybody had a Donkey – An introduction to the significant role equines can play in improving human physical and mental health’. NIVA welcomed many guests to this talk, welcoming further opportunities for growth of the one-health initiative.
NIVA look forward to another great year and thank Duggan Veterinary Supplies who kindly sponsored the event.
For those who would like to find out more or get involved in Equine Assisted Therapy, a list of providers can be found HERE.